Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself. Perfect for fans of Jay Asher’s blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, Coriell’s second novel features her sharp, engaging voice along with realistic drama and unforgettable characters.
Praise for Goodbye, Rebel Blue
"As true as the blue streak in her hair, Rebel will encourage readers to follow their own hearts and dreams."
"Readers will root for Rebel as she makes a sincere effort to befriend a detention acquaintance and as she falls for kind-hearted Nate."
--School Library Journal
Rebecca "Rebel" Blue is no Cinderella type, but when she slips into a "good" girl's shoes, she learns a lot about herself. It all starts when 16-year-old Rebel meets do-gooder Kennedy Green in detention. Their assignment is to create a bucket list of things they want to accomplish before they die, and while Rebel brushes off the assignment, Kennedy takes it seriously. The next day, when the news that Kennedy has been killed spreads through school, Rebel feels obliged to take on Kennedy's list. In doing so, Rebel uncharacteristically becomes involved in some fairly noble acts, like participating in community service and random kindnesses. Meanwhile, she falls for a high-achieving jock definitely not her usual type and befriends a pie-baking fanatic. Coriell's (Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe) offbeat premise and unconventional heroine make for a fresh, lively story sharply punctuated by wit and romance. Rebel's unlikely evolution comes across as plausible as she catches glimpses of her own needs while she ponders Kennedy's desires. Admitting how much she needs other people proves to be Rebel's greatest challenge of all. Ages 12 18.